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-By Warner Todd Huston

As America loses jobs, as American workers find they have to tighten belts, do without, and are told to accept a world of permanently high unemployment, elites lucky enough to join the government find themselves living high off the hog — and by that we mean raping the taxpayers for undeserved paychecks. We find yet another example of the gold strike that is being hired by the Obama administration with the union operative that became Obama’s Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis.

It appears that Solis re-hired six of her former congressional staffers at huge pay raises courtesy of the American taxpayers.

Now, as Mark Hemingway of the Washington Examiner reports, the Bush administration prevented giant windfall pay raises by limiting job jumpers to a 20% increase over previous salary. Like all the other so-called “responsible government” ideas that Obama keeps claiming he is sure to implement, this old Bush corruption cutting idea has been tossed by the wayside. I say this because Obama’s appointee gave one staffer a better than 95 percent pay raise with only one of the six getting a less than 30 percent pay raise.

Here’s the list of the lucky elites that are rolling in the taxpayer’s clover:

Staffer: Roberto Soberanis
Last congressional salary: $44,500
Dept. of Labor salary: $86,927
Percentage increase: 95.34

Staffer: Laura McDonald
Last congressional salary: $53,500
Dept. of Labor salary: $86,927
Percentage increase: 62.48

Staffer: Cindy Chen
Last congressional salary: $49,000
Dept. of Labor salary: $73,100
Percentage increase: 49.18

Staffer: Megan Uzzell
Last congressional salary: $82,000
Dept. of Labor salary: $120,830
Percentage increase: 47.35

Staffer: Laura De La Torre
Last congressional salary: $37,000
Dept. of Labor salary: $50,408
Percentage increase: 36.24

Staffer: Noelle Lee
Last congressional salary: $52,999
Dept. of Labor salary: $60,989
Percentage increase: 15.07

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